Traverse City in The Cherry Capital of The World that can be found right in the heart of Michigan’s Wine Country. A beautiful city where the summers are like something out of a book…and the winters are out of a nightmare. It is not a stretch to say that Traverse City winters can be harsh. Days on end with snow and accumulation in feet sometimes, not just inches. It’s not unusual to wake up to a foot or more of snow in one night.
If it’s one thing Michigan knows how to handle though, it is a tough winter. We have all the tools to combat the winter. Salt Trucks spraying salt, snowplows, snowblowers, shovels. They all help to clear the snow that Mother Nature throws our way. It also helps to deteriorate and break down asphalt surfaces.
The cold weather can cause havoc on roadways, driveways, and parking lots. The cold causes water to freeze in any cracks, then the salt melts it and when the salt wears off, it freezes again. This constant thawing and unthawing causes the moisture to expand and contract. Asphalt is a flexible material. When this expansion and contraction happens it can cause serious problems. It can cause cracks which get larger and then cause potholes.
This is why maintaining your asphalt surface is so important. During the winter months it is possible to make repairs to asphalt surfaces but the optimal time is going to be when there is no snow or moisture on the ground. When a crack forms, using a sealant to fill in the crack is vital to make sure that during the winter months the crack doesn’t turn into a larger crack or even a pothole. You can also protect your investment by regularly sealcoating your asphalt driveway or parking lot every 2 years. This process covers the surface with a sealant, like the eco friendly SafeSeal, to help protect the entire surface from damage and harsh chemicals.
Traverse City is a great place to be, even during winter, just make sure you are prepared and that your driveway is prepared to weather it out. If you have any questions you can check out Global Asphalt Solutions. We would be happy to help with any of your needs.